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The Motown musical
Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, the musical Dreamgirls tells the rags-to-riches tale of a 1960s girl group, loosely based on The Supremes. Young, black, and with talent to burn, the hopeful divas Effie, Deena, and Lorrell fantasize about playing the Apollo Theater. After getting their big break, The Dreamettes seem unstoppable—until rivalry and betrayal enter the group. Share their elation and tribulations on the road to stardom, told through the unforgettable sounds of Motown.
The Broadway musical for adults
Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life. The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans. Part felt, part flesh, Avenue Q is packed with songs that are surprisingly poignant and only occasionally PC.
A Sizzling Comedy of Family Secrets
CANADIAN PREMIERE The Wyeths have wealth, fame, and a political legacy—and they preside over it all from their desert perch in Palm Springs. They also have a daughter, Brooke, who knows how to push their buttons. Home for Christmas, she reveals that she’s written a tell-all memoir, which dredges up a pivotal family event that changed their lives and now threatens to destroy everything her parents have built. Pulitzer Prize–finalist Jon Robin Baitz’s riveting new play has razor-sharp banter and a twist you won’t see coming.
A Kinky Comedy
Young actress Vanda wants to land the lead in Venus in Fur, a new play based on the infamous novel that inspired the term “masochism.” During her charged audition for Thomas, the demanding writer-director, the role-playing turns into an erotically charged game, shifting the power dynamics and blurring the line between fantasy and reality. Quick-witted and seductive, this acclaimed comedy was the hit of last year’s Broadway season.
A Battle of Wills
WORLD PREMIERE Spirited Halley Armstrong is a 12-year-old Pathfinder, eager to earn all her badges. When she volunteers to read stories to a young soldier injured in Afghanistan, he responds with his own shocking story—one that throws Halley’s cherished beliefs about life and hope into question.
The Magical Broadway musical
Watch Mary Poppins fly over the rooftops of London, and feel like a kid again! Remember, anything can happen if you let it. This family musical features the unforgettable songs from the popular Disney film—“A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”—plus some catchy new ones. Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone’s favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet.
True Confessions of an Elf
From the popular humourist David Sedaris comes this merrily wicked tale of his tour of duty as an elf at Macy’s Santaland. From posts as Vomit Corner Elf to Water Cooler Elf to Cash Register Elf, Sedaris worked his way up the candy-cane ladder and lived to share his hysterical, behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Both outlandish and illuminating, this sardonic comedy is a holiday treat for adults.
A Homegrown Christmas Tale
ARTS CLUB CLASSIC It’s Christmas Eve on Saltspring Island. The stockings aren’t hung by the chimney with care and disenchanted Bill Bannister hopes that St. Nick won’t be there. Will it take a reindeer-guided trip to the North Pole for Bill to rediscover the spirit of Christmas?
A Heartwarming Tale of Love and Marriage
You think your mother is opinionated? Then say hello to Asha, who is determined to see her son, Ravi, married—even if she has to arrange it—and is not shy about saying why, in the most droll way, of course. In this unusual and unusually funny show, real-life mother and son share the stage and tell their entertaining true story of generational and cultural clash. As Asha declares, “I am Indian. Ravi is Canadian.”
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The Classic Comedy of Mismatched Roomies
Meet Felix Ungar, the neurotic, neat-freak news writer. Meet Oscar Madison, the slovenly sportswriter. When life changes bring them together as roommates, will these two friends learn to meet in the middle? Or will their irreconcilable differences split them apart? The Odd Couple, the now classic play that earned Neil Simon his first Tony Award, is one of the playwright’s funniest and most affecting works.
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A Comedy of an Unlikely Friendship
The beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning play follows the charming adventures of a Southern matriarch and her chauffeur over a 25-year friendship, and reveals the power of the human heart to overcome prejudices and open up to new possibilities.
WORLD PREMIERE Acclaimed visual artist Stan Douglas and screenwriter Chris Haddock (Da Vinci’s Inquest, Boardwalk Empire), in collaboration with Kim Collier (Tear the Curtain!), bring you an intoxicating mixed-media spectacle set in the Vancouver of 1948. Visit the vanished worlds of the old Hotel Vancouver and Hogan’s Alley—the city’s hot spot for gambling and vice. Told in noir style, Helen Lawrence is a mystery about loyalty and money that illuminates our city’s politics during a time of historic upheaval.
An Ad-rap-tation of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors
A fast-paced, musical “ad-rap-tation” of Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identities, this show infuses Elizabethan times with hip-hop flavour. The actors sing, rap, and rhyme catchy and laugh-out-loud songs that retain much of the Bard’s original text—all while a DJ spins original music onstage. The tale involves not one but two sets of twins who grow up unaware of his zygote-mate’s existence, but, fear not, their lives will indeed intersect in hilarious and madcap ways. It’s a comedy, after all.
A Corner Store Comedy
Soulpepper Academy alum Ins Choi’s hilarious and touching debut play set in a Regent Park convenience store was the smash hit of the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival. Mr. Kim, the store’s Korean owner, grapples with both a changing neighbourhood landscape and the chasm between him and his second-generation offspring. This journey of a fractured but loving family confronting the future and forgiving the past is a Canadian classic in the making.
A New Musical Lovingly Ripped Off from the Motion Picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Whether or not you’ve seen the movie that inspired it, Spamalot will make you laughalot. Favourites old and new—the Knights Who Say “Ni!” and the Laker Girls among them—appear in this highly irreverent and ironic musical that parodies not only the legend of King Arthur but also well-tread Broadway theatrical conventions. With songs like “The Song That Goes Like This,” “Twice in Every Show,” and “Find Your Grail,” the show will have you looking on the bright side of life.
Vancouver’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical
ARTS CLUB CLASSIC Vancouver, 1957. Five teens come of age while DJ Red Robinson plays the the biggest hits of the time— from the raucous “Great Balls of Fire” and “Jailhouse Rock” to ballads like “Diana” and “Crying.” This infectious musical captures the excitement and innocence of the city’s burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll scene.
The Motown Musical
Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, the musical Dreamgirls tells the rags-to-riches tale of a 1960s girl group, loosely based on The Supremes.
Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life.BUY TICKETS!
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